Luang Rajamaitri, originally named Poon Punsri, has been called the Father of Eastern rubber. Although he never worked in government service, his contributions to society earned him his high rank of nobility, granted by King Rama VI.
Memories of yesteryear still linger in the ancient riverside community of Chantabun, a former commercial center. Lined with Sino-Portuguese buildings inspired by Luang Rajamaitri, who was educated in Penang, the streets of the old town are a must for culture-seeking visitors. There is also a community museum among the old and new shops. What’s more, the community has recently initiated a new activity, sightseeing by boat following the historical route taken by King Rama V’s royal barge.
Sukhaphiban Road, Mueang District
Take the Bangna-Trat Road or the motorway to Ban Bueng, then on through Klaeng to Chanthaburi.
There are daily van and bus services departing from the Bangkok Bus Terminal (Mo Chit) and Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai)
Baan Luang Rajamaitri A 150-year-old wooden house has become a 12-room hotel and a living museum that tells the story of Luang Rajamaitri. The architecture is faintly British Colonial.